I love being active. Last year I was walking at least 10,000 steps a day. I challenged myself daily to get in as many steps as possible each day. I felt productive and accomplished. This year hadn't been as good. I had found myself being side lined more often than not. Knee and joint pain had been plaguing my daily routine and I did not like it at all. I hadn't been able to get in my steps and I hadn't been happy about that.
Knee and hip pain can be so debilitating. Knee pain use to effect the every day activities that I enjoyed doing in my life, and sometimes the pain got in the way of quality time I spend with my spouse and family.
I love taking long walks with my husband, and we often attend a lot of outdoor activities which require a lot of walking. Often, while vacationing we like to do a lot of hiking and we try to incorporate a few miles into our daily routine. When I was getting knee pain and discomfort I was not myself. The pain prevented me from doing the things that I loved to do and it made me upset, angry and made me feel defeated. Luckily, I knew I had options.
There was a time that my knee pain was so bad that it got in the way of my daily life and it was effecting my routine and personal relationship. I didn't want to do anything. I was constantly making excuses when asked to go places, participate in any types of activities and found myself sitting around most of the day. It was making me frustrated, and I knew I had to do something about it.
I had been speaking to a close friend of my husband and I and telling him about my knee pain. He had knee replacement when he was younger, and he said it was the best decision he ever made. It allowed him to do all of the things that he wasn't able to do for years. He said he felt like a brand new person when he got his knees replaced. After speaking to him, I decided it was time for me to see my doctor and speak to him about my knee and joint pain.
Earlier in the year, after I spoke to my doctor about the pain I was constantly experiencing and how it was effecting my life. He ordered an MRI and blood tests. When I got the results, it was determined that I had RA in my knees. I now know what steps I have to take to care for myself, and with my doctor's help, I have been able to take the steps necessary to make my pain more tolerable so that I can enjoy the things that I love to do. I still have my off days, but they are fewer than before.
Now I can take my long walks with my husband again and enjoy the beautiful sites that come along with them.
- Knee or hip pain can often affect more than just your physical mobility. If your personal relationships are suffering because of knee or hip pain, take the next step to find out if joint replacement surgery is an option to get you back to doing the things you love with the people you care about. Because life is a lot more fun when you Hit Play.
- Find a physician in your area who you can talk to about potential solutions to your hip and knee pain, including joint replacement surgery. Find out more at TimeToHitPlay.com.
- Take a step to find out if joint replacement surgery is an option to get you back to doing the things you love. Because life is a lot more fun when you Hit Play.